Massachusetts governor leads trade delegation to Israel

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during a conference of New England's governors and eastern Canada's premiers to discuss closer regional collaboration, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Gov. Charlie Baker is going on a six-day trade mission to Israel. –Elise Amendola / AP

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of Massachusetts business leaders will be accompanying Gov. Charlie Baker on a six-day trade mission to Israel.

The delegation is scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv on Friday and will participate in several events including a U.S.-Israel growth summit focusing on cybersecurity and digital health companies.

State officials say the Republican’s first trade mission as governor is sponsored by the New England-Israel Business Council and Combined Jewish Philanthropies and will not cost state taxpayers.

The delegation includes leaders from hospitals, technology and financial services companies.

Academic leaders including University of Massachusetts President Martin Meehan are also making the trip.


The council says Israeli-founded companies employed 9,000 workers in the Bay State and was responsible for nearly 4 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product in 2015.


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